Jémez: We have to be convinced we can get a result
Rayo Vallecano manager Paco Jémez insists that his team will head to San Mamés on Sunday, keen to become the first team to beat Athletic Club Bilbao, in their new home.
“Athletic are doing things well and for us, this game is an additional challenge, because our team is getting better and we have to channel that to get results. We know we have a difficult opponent ahead of us, but we also know we’ll have our chances and that if we can get points, we can head for the holidays in a much healthier situation.”
That positivity is the key to taking the points at San Mamés and Jémez underlined that remaining faithful to their own style and strengths, can push them towards a good result, if they can hold their shape.
“To win, above all we have to be convinced we can get a result, remaining faithful to our style. Our team wants to play football and just like our opponents will be doing, we’ll be competing for possession of the ball. Also, we want to hold our positions well, so that our play can evolve and so we can move the ball around the whole pitch.”
“Athletic have a lot of quality and what I want from my team, is to go out there believing they can win, because there has to be a first time that our opponents lose in their own stadium. We want to be the first to beat them there and that’s going to be the aim in our minds.”
Jémez also insisted that despite the difficulties so far this season, morale and determination remains high and he aims to keep it that way.
“If there’s something we cannot allow, it’s to get demoralised and that’s even with taking some tough blows. The win the other day helped to back that up, take strength and to get good results. Our morale is bomb proof, however, that’s tough to gain.”